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Asturias is one of Spain’s little-known regions, on the north coast. Besides its amazing green and wild scenery, Asturias produces some excellent cuisine. It’s particularly known for its cider, as well its cheeses and grilled meats. The Asturian capital of Oviedo is where you can find some of the best Asturian cuisine, so here are our picks of some of the best restaurants in the city.
Another traditional Asturian sidrería (cider bar), Tierra Astur has a few branches dotted all over the region. Inside is rustic and cosy, filled with lots of dark wood, wooden benches and green glass bottles hanging from the ceiling. As well as the traditional cider, they specialise in grilled meats, as well fabada Asturiana, and cured meat and fish boards (mar y montaña). Other dishes to try include corn tortillas filled with picadillo (Mexican-style stew) of wild boar and chicken stuffed with dried ham and a local cheese.
Located right in the historic heart of Oviedo, El Fartuquín is a historic restaurant itself, filled with old wooden beams, wrought iron chandeliers and bare stone walls. The restaurant offers an array of starters, salads, meat and fish dishes, such as grilled prawns, octopus cooked with onions or sirloin fillet cooked in cider. They also offer a wide selection of desserts – so make sure to save room. There’s everything from cheesecake and almond cake to Cava lemon sorbet or apple cider sorbet and a selection of Asturian cheeses.
Open since 1924, Casa Fermín is an upmarket fine dining restaurant by chef Luis Alberto Martínez and his family. It is set in a greenhouse-like building with a glass roof and surrounded by plants. It’s all about avant-garde, molecular gastronomy, foams and artistic plates here. It even has its own wine cellar. Dishes include pickled oysters with passion fruit, mussels with green garlic and apple foam, or wild mushrooms with pumpkin and an egg foam with truffle.